“Graphene” Can it be easily Interfaced With Neurons?

Researchers in Europe have demonstrated over whether Graphene can be easily integrated with Neurons or not. They found it by maintaining the integrity of these vital nerve cells. And the researchers say that this could lead to highly improved brain implants.

The study involves the collaboration of chemists, nanotechnologists, biophysicists, and the neurobiologists. The research was published in the journal ACS Nano, which is a collaboration of the University of Trieste in Italy and the Cambridge Graphene Centre.

Although previously, many other groups have shown that possibility are there of treated Graphene to interact with the neuron. With the usage of methods of working with untreated graphene, the researchers then retained the electrical conductivity of the material. This makes the material significantly a better electrode.

Results In Highly Improved Brain Implants with Graphene

Brain Implants Via Graphene

Placing these electrodes in the human brain could result in an increased brain implant. By the insertion of Graphene in our brains, the level of an average human brain’s understandings has increased to such a level that by interfacing we can now harness and improve some of its functions. Like we all know by measuring the brain’s electrical impulses, we can improve and recover its sensory functions as well.

The Feature is Unbeatable!

An athlete with a prosthetic leg celebrating with arm raised high.
An athlete with a robotic leg enjoys life.

This unique feature of the technology can be used for utilizing as the robotic arm for amputee patients. This could help such patients overcoming all sort of shortcomings and inabilities which they face in their daily lives.

A Coin Always Has Two Faces!

However, the interface between the electrodes and neurons always have been problematic, because:
1. The electrodes are required to be highly sensitive to electrical impulses.
2. They are required to be stable as well in the body without altering the tissue which they measure.
3. Often, the modern electrodes used for this interface are more likely to suffer from partial or many times a complete loss of signal over time.

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